Physical Education Position Statements

Physical Education Is an Academic Subject New!

SHAPE America's Position: It is SHAPE America’s position that physical education is an academic subject.

Physical Education Is Critical to Educating the Whole Child

SHAPE America's Position: Physical education is critical to educating the whole child, and that all students in grades K-12 should receive physical education on a daily basis.

Code of Conduct for P-12 Physical Education Teachers

SHAPE America's Position: It is the position of SHAPE America that each physical education professional is responsible for achieving competency of integrity of practice as demonstrated through respectful behaviors toward students and colleagues.

Highly Qualified Adapted Physical Education Teacher
Appropriate Uses of Fitness Measurement

SHAPE America's Position: This position statement outlines key guidelines for ensuring the proper use of fitness measurement in relation to national standards and developmentally appropriate instruction.

Scope and Sequence of Fitness Education for PreK-12 Programs
Code of Ethics for Professionals in Higher Education

SHAPE America's Position: Professionals should treat each student’s suggestion(s) with respect, regardless of the student’s level of development.

Appropriate Use of Instructional Technology in Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: Technology can be an effective tool for supplementing instruction when used appropriately.

Appropriate Maximum Class Length for Elementary Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: The length of the daily class period was described as “appropriate to the needs and maturation of the learner” with 30 minutes as the suggested minimum.

College/University Physical Activity Instruction Programs

SHAPE America's Position: All colleges and universities uphold a physical activity instructional program for students as a strong and integral part of the academic curriculum.

Initial Guidelines for Online Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: At this point in time, online physical education is an exciting and attractive, yet untested, alternative method to delivering quality physical education.

What Constitutes a Highly Qualified Physical Education Teacher

SHAPE America's Position: It is critical to have highly qualified physical education teachers delivering a standards-based curriculum that will assist children in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Position on Dodgeball in Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: Dodgeball is not an appropriate activity for K-12 school physical education programs

Opposing Substitution and Waiver/Exemptions For Required Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: All K-12 students should take all required physical education courses and that no substitutions, waivers, or exemptions should be permitted.